The Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z Big Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. platty

    platty Adventurer

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    Well some would say I'm big ... yes I'd love to caress an AR15 ... and the NZ was close :rofl

    Just noted that I hadn't loaded some basic details so have updated accordingly.

    Windscreens - happy to ride wind-in-the-face but I'm getting on in years and looking for comfort :cry Have the Yamaha large screen fitted and its generally fine but thinking about some long distance touring so considering options.

    Being located in Oz it's not possible to just go down the road and try another supplier coupled with the fact that the logistics of getting something from overseas do take a bit of organising. My rational with something tall is that it's always possible to trim but adding more is something entirely different :D
  2. tremor38

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    There's this thing that you look for when shopping for a windshield..it's called 'sizes.' The Vstream is available in 3 different 'sizes'. :lol3
  3. GrahamD

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    Because, It weighs a lot and few people will give YAMAHA credit for knowing a thing or two about engineering, despite a history of making slightly heavy bikes go pretty well, in this case off road.

    All things are not equal, but often people just see max HP and weight.

    I think there is also a bit of intimidation factor going on as well. In the early days the "on road" guys thought it was a pig off road, (if they even bothered) and the "off road" guys tended to think it was great. I think it was just the "off road" guys being comfortable off road to begin with and could push things harder and were surprised.

    Having said that, if they made a lighter smaller bike I am sure it would be even betterrer off road.
  4. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    Like the XT660Z perhaps. It is a great all rounder except perhaps for 2 up adventuring.
  5. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    Er ..yeah ...sorry. No offense I was only joking.
  6. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    Pluric, is there a chance that when you hit a big bump and the wheel flexes that the spokes may poke through the seal ??
  7. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    You can't offend me. I can take a good rib poking too.:wink::D
  8. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I'm trusting Woody's Wheels to knows what they are doing. I really don't know. I've checked
    the air pressure twice sitting in the garage (been snowing here) and it was spot on.

    I would be very surprised if there would be enough rim movement to poke a spoke through it.
    I'm more concerned with the rim keeping it's original shape!:lol3

    Hopefully I'll get what I paid for....:wink:

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    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    Is it all ginger ?
  10. Mikef5000

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    I think they're making the right choice; I don't think there's much of a market here for a high end 650. :hide


    Now, I do think the market is begging for a WR450R class bike.
  11. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I need another $20 fast to find out.

    Damn. Brazillian carpet. I'll know in a few weeks.

    You are a sick little man. I like that in a person.:lol3
  12. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Unless it deserved the high price. I too wanted a 660 until you look close and
    it seems kinda dated on the suspension. 450s are a little limited on our US
    slab speeds. Even if Kawasaki would bring back the KLX 650 with a few updates.

    It ends up I will take Tenere where I took the KLR so I'm not as motivated for
    a new mid size bike anymore.

    The one that is fun for me is my KLX 250. It had a bearing go out in the motor so
    as long as it was apart I put a Bill Blue 351cc kit on it.:D
    Fantastic mid range trail riding power. Still the weight benefits of a small bore with the power
    of a larger bore. Now if I could just get it to float.:hmmmmm

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  13. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    The European prices are steep! That said, my son joined the air force and I would be up for getting a used one for sure.
  14. tremor38

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    I have both available to me, but, as said earlier, the XT660 price point is a bit high for what you get. I think the design is due for a major upgrade. Their are obvious advantages of lighter weight and more ground clearance, but the big XT12 is actually more stable in many off-road conditions. I'd consider an XT660 if they upgraded the suspsension and tweaked the geometry just a bit. The engine is old school as well. I will definitely acknowledge the reliablity over most any bike in its class though. I suppose if Yamaha sought to aggressivley change the under-powerd, overweight equation with that bike, they might lose some of that reliability.
  15. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Yeah. Float.


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    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    You, sir, are one sick bastard....

    I like that!!!! :lol3


    $20 for revelation.....quite the bargain!!!!


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  17. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Looks like the Elders are about to baptize a Yamaha. (Mormon joke)
  18. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    It was a group baptizmal, 2 WRs and a CRF.

    Come to think of it, I was pinching the nose (holding my hand over the exhaust opening) in that picture... :lol3
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    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    Would that be more like pinching its a**hole than its nose? :rofl

    Dallara



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  20. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Assholes are self sealing.

    Noses and exhausts, not so much. :D